The first board of directors of the Montreal Chapter was elected during the first general assembly, which was held on September 21st, 1981. This board was made of parents who wanted to give their time and efforts to further the cause of autism. They started by making themselves known to the health and social services network as well as the general public. They also did outreach to parents who were experiencing similar difficulties by lending them a sympathetic ear and sharing their own experiences. Supporting families has always remained a priority for the boarsd that followed.
Over the years, the Chapter became involved in different issues concerning the well-being of children with autism: leisure activities, educational services, health services, and respite services for parents.
The Chapter has also grown quite a bit over the years. The first board meetings were held in the members’ kitchens. Since 1989, the Chapter has had permanent offices and benefits greatly from the contribution of the general director and her dynamic team of employees.
Thanks to everyone who gave a little bit or a lot of their time and energy to the Chapter.
Long live the Montreal Chapter!
Autisme Montréal regroups mainly the parents of children with autism , high-functionning persons with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, as well as professionals and students.
Autisme Montréal primary mandate is:
- To advocate for the rights and interests of people with autism and those of their families;
- To promote and to sensitize the health, education, research communities, and the general population, to the needs of people with autism;
- To develop direct services to answer the needs of people with autism and their families.